of allegiance to Abu Bakr Radhi Allahu Anhu
All the Muslims then took allegiance
to Abu Bakr Radhi Allahu Anhu as the successor of Allah's Messenger.
The reason for making haste was to avoid old rivalries flaring
up suddenly through the selfishness of the hypocrites. Those who
were sincere wanted to ensure that the Muslims remained united
and strong under a leader.
Burial of the Prophet Sallallahu
Normality now returned. The initial
shock and grief gave place to tranquillity and confidence and
the Muslims again turned to the great task for which they had
been trained and prepared by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.
The Prophet's Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam family members washed
and shrouded him and the bier was placed in his house.
Abu Bakr Radhi Allahu Anhu told the
people that he had heard the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
saying that every prophet was buried on the spot where he passed
away. The Prophet's Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam bedding was accordingly
removed and Abu Talha Ansaari Radhi Allahu Anhu dug a grave for
him at the same spot.
The people then came to pay their
last respects to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and to
say the funeral prayer in batches one after another. Women came
in after the men and after them came the children, all of who
prayed over him. (3)
It was a sad day for Madinah. When
Bilal Radhi Allahu Anhu gave the call to the morning prayer he
could not help recalling the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
in the mirror of his mind and broke down in tears and sobs. His
bewailing slashed the hearts of all those who had heard the call
when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was in the land of
the living. But, it was quite different now. Everything seemed
to be wearisome and gloomy. Umm Salama Radhi Allahu Anha explained:
"What a tormenting affliction it was! When we recall the
distress we were in, every other trouble appears to be lighter
and easier to endure."
After they had completed the burial
Anas Radhi Allaahu Anhu was asked by Fatima Radhi Allahu Anha:
"Have you people found it easy to scatter dust over Allah's